Shuswap Trail News – March 2nd

STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiThank you from Shuswap Trails!

What a great celebration last month at the Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser. Over $35,000 raised for 2015 trail projects throughout the region. Remarkable. Thank you to all the businesses and volunteers who supported the event and made it such a success.

Stewards Meet Tomorrow and Shuswap Trails AGM Wednesday – be sure to check the details below and come on out.

Build-a-Metre-is-Back! To continue supporting the work of all our regional partners throughout the year, the STA board has brought back the Build-a-Metre-of-Trail fundraising campaign. Check out the details below.

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Here are the highlights:

  • Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is Back!
  • Trail Stewards Meeting – Tuesday, Mar. 3rd
  • Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report – Mar 4th
  • Annual Trail Design/Build/Maintain Workshop – April 10th & 11th
  • Stick Flick Season is Back! – Volunteer Trail Blitz updates
  • Support our community partners: Salmon Arm Folk Music Society “Doin it Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band – Mar 14th

And here are the details. . .

 

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Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is Back – This year, in celebration of the STA’s 10th Anniversary, the STA board has brought back the Build-a-Metre-of-Trail campaign to raise additional support for regional greenway trail projects and volunteer stewards.

$15-$20 builds one metre of trail, $150-$200 builds 10 metres, $1500-$2000 builds 100 metres. . .well, you get the idea. Let’s see if we can add an additional 4000 metres this year – that’s $75,000.

The Build-a-Metre-of-Trail campagn will run right through the year with a variety of invitations to participate. To make a contribution visit www.shuswaptrails.com and follow the donation links.

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2015 Trail Stewards Meeting – (tomorrow) Tues. Mar 3rd, 7 pm – a reminder to all lead Trail Stewards and Trail Organizations in the Shuswap – the annual meeting to share, review and finalize a calendar of Shuswap Trail projects and key volunteer event dates will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday, March 3rd, 7 pm at the Shuswap Trail Alliance resource room (358 Alexander St, Salmon Arm). Contact kevin@shuswaptrails.com.

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Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report – this Wed, March 4th, 7 pm at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm. Get the full report from 2014 including a glimpse of all the good stewardship and projects during the annual slide presentation. Always a snappy meeting (including election of the board) and a great way to see what folks have been working on throughout the region. All welcome. For information email info@shuswaptrails.com.

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The Annual Shuswap Trail Design/Build/Maintain Stewardship Workshop – April 10th & 11th – (Friday 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm) The annual workshop is back! Inviting all and anyone interested in learning more about what goes into designing, building, and maintaining trails. The workshop is open to all (including all ages!), and includes classroom theory (a little Friday night), and in-field hands-on training (a lot all day Saturday). Great for anyone interested in getting more involved in volunteer trail care, leading a volunteer team, exploring a possible new trail idea, designing your own trail, or even getting ideas for home landscaping projects.

Cost: $35/participant, but fully subsidized (i.e. FREE) for anyone involved in a Shuswap trail stewardship partner organization or who commits to 3 or more Shuswap Volunteer Trail days. Course includes lunch, Shuswap Trail Stewards Manual, use of tools, and safety training. To register email: admin@shuswaptrails.com, or call 250-832-0102.

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Stick Flick Season is Back EARLY! It’s time to get out and help maintain those great trails – with the early snow melt, low elevation Shuswap Trails are openning quickly. That means all hands (and feet) on deck to help clear the trails ready for spring use. Watch for updated volunteer days to be posted very soon – but in the meantime, please get “stick flicking” – grab a stick and flick those sticks off the trail. Remember: larger blow down and debris should be broadcast widely away from the trail and close to the ground out of sight (Please: no piling or lining trails with branches or logs to avoid fire fuel loading, building up dangerous poker hazards, and to maintain the natural aesthetic of the trail corridor)

Trail Report Hotline: trailreport@shuswaptrails.com – be sure to report the big stuff, including water erosion problems and large trees down. Contact the appropriate land manager, or use the Shuswap Trail Hotline. Reports are monitored and sent to the appropriate trail landmanager and/or stewardship organization.

Watch for updates on spring volunteer trail work party dates. Here are the first two out, more to come:

  • South Canoe Trail Brush and Clear Day – Sunday, April 19th, 8:30 am – 2:30pm
  • South Canoe Trail Annual Volunteer Blitz – Sunday, April 26th, 8:30am – 2:30pm (The annual BIG ONE with BBQ lunch sponsored by Skookum Cycle and Ski)

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And please support our Community Partners:

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society present the “Doin It Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band: Mar. 14th – Good news! The joy of growing good community with music continues just one month after the Feb 6th Shuswap Trails Party. Support the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues at their “Doin It Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band at the Shaw Centre, Salmon Arm. Tickets $40 & $45 through rootsandblues.ca. Tables of 8 available on the floor for $360 (to reserve call 250-833-4096). Doors at 7 pm, Concert at 8 pm.

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